Practice makes perfect, and the saying holds true when it comes to improving as a baseball player. These drills are favorites amongst young players because they teach essential skills in a fun, fresh way.
For this drill, coaches will need three hula hoops (preferably in different colors), a few bats and several baseballs. Position the hula hoops in front of home plate in different bunting zones: In the first-base line, directly in front of the plate, and in the third-base line.
Coaches will pitch to players at home plate and call out a color, and the players will attempt to bunt the ball into the designated hoop. This is a great way for players to develop control in their bunting. To create an element of competition, coaches can award points for each target made.
The baseball game 500 is a classic, and it has become a tradition for a reason. It forces players to work on their fielding skills and utilizes a powerful incentive for kids—the opportunity to practice their batting.
For this drill, all the players except for one will spread out in the field. The remaining player will be the batter. The coach pitches to the batter, the batter hits the ball, and the fielders attempt to accurately field the ball. If a player catches the ball before it hits the ground, he receives 100 points. If he fields it after one bounce, he gets 50 points. Fielding any other grounder is worth 25 points. The first player to reach 500 points gets to bat.
Coaches can vary the number of points to match the age and ability level of the players. To avoid collisions in the field, the coach can call out who gets to field the ball.